Mikey put two of the cookies back. The phone rang. He and Sheila were standing next to the phone and saw it was Mikey's father. Sheila grabbed his hand as he reached for the phone.
"Hon" she said, "You can answer it, and be angry for the rest of the day. While we laugh and enjoy the movie, you'll relive all the miserable things that man has done and said over the years."
"What if he needs me?" Mikey asked. "He's an S.O.B., but he is my dad."
"He always leaves a long message. He might need something, but more likely than not, he wants to complain about you or your brother. You don't need that negativity. Use the answering machine to filter it out."
Mikey sighed, wishing his father was different, but knowing Sheila was right. "Can I have a cookie if I don't answer it?" he asked.
"No, but you can have a nice night with positive people who love you."
Today I will filter out other people's negativity.
Mikey, Repulsive, and Repugnant (c) 2016 by Ken Montrose
Mikey, Repulsive, and Repugnant is a work of fiction. Any resemblance between the characters and anyone you might know is purely coincidental.
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